Sigmar Polke

German, 1941–2010

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Sigmar Polke

German, 1941–2010

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Characterized by wit and endless inventiveness, Sigmar Polke created an oeuvre that is wildly diverse in its exploration of mediums and materials. Inspired by his fascination with science and alchemy, Polke innovated techniques in painting and photography by manipulating chemical processes. Life in post-war Germany led the artist to establish Capitalist Realism, an ironic exploration of consumerism using the imagery of popular culture and advertising, evident in his 1976 collage on paper Supermarkets aus dem Zyklus, Wir Kleinbürger (translated as “Supermarkets from the Cycle, We Petty Bourgeoisie”), featuring iconic Superman figures shopping in a brand-laden supermarket.

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High auction record
$27m, Sotheby's, 2015
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 24 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Characterized by wit and endless inventiveness, Sigmar Polke created an oeuvre that is wildly diverse in its exploration of mediums and materials. Inspired by his fascination with science and alchemy, Polke innovated techniques in painting and photography by manipulating chemical processes. Life in post-war Germany led the artist to establish Capitalist Realism, an ironic exploration of consumerism using the imagery of popular culture and advertising, evident in his 1976 collage on paper Supermarkets aus dem Zyklus, Wir Kleinbürger (translated as “Supermarkets from the Cycle, We Petty Bourgeoisie”), featuring iconic Superman figures shopping in a brand-laden supermarket.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$27m, Sotheby's, 2015
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 24 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
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